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Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines making AFF Cup defence hard for Thailand - Somyot Poompanmoung

Malaysia were made to wait until late in the second half to secure their second victory in AFF Cup Group A following a spirited showing from Laos.
Keisuke Honda's Cambodia were no match for Myanmar in the AFF Cup, as the Japanese great's team conceded four times unanswered in a 4-1 defeat.
Singapore have made a winning start to their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over 2016 runners-up Indonesia in Group B.
Norshahrul Idlan headed home the only goal of Malaysia's Suzuki Cup opener against Cambodia.

Thailand's football chief wants a third consecutive AFF Suzuki Cup title but has warned that the improving Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines squads make the 2018 edition that much harder.

After winning the 2014 and 2016 titles, the War Elephants kicked off their defence in Bangkok last week with a 7-0 win over Timor Leste but are aware that the challenge from rivals is increasing.

"We always want to win and we will always do our best but we know that standards in the region are improving," Somyot...

Hariss Harun seals Singapore win; Adisak Kraisorn scores six for Thailand

Harris Harun (C) reacts after scoring a goal against Indonesia.
Hariss Harun celebrates his goal for Singapore.

Hariss Harun scored the only goal of the game as Singapore surprised 2016 finalists Indonesia with Fandi Ahmad's side claiming a 1-0 win in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Hariss struck after the Indonesian defence failed to clear Gabriel Quak's low cross while Faris Ramli missed two later chances to add to Singapore's lead before all three points in the group B encounter were secured.

Meanwhile, Adisak Kraisorn fired six goals as champions Thailand made an ominous start to the defence of their title on Friday...

AFF Suzuki Cup Group B preview: Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines to push Thailand

Sven-Goran Eriksson found the challenge of coaching the Philippine Azkals interesting, and team manager Dan Palami is glad the former England manager accepted the offer to lead a developing team in Asian football.

Group B of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup is, on paper, the tougher of the two groups. ESPN FC takes a look at the five hopefuls:


Form: After their exploits during qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the War Elephants -- going for a third successive AFF Cup crown -- have been taking on some African, Caribbean and European opposition recently and have looked pretty good.

Coach: Milovan Rajevac. The Serbian has made Thailand more organised and harder to beat than in the past, though some of the...

Thai boys rescued from cave to watch recorded World Cup final; live broadcast too late

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The 12 boys and their football coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand will watch a recording of Sunday's World Cup final, not the live broadcast, an official at the hospital they are staying in said.

"Given that the final will be broadcast quite late our time and we want the boys to rest and not to be looking at screens too much, we will probably record the final and show it to them later," the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital official said.

The official declined to be identified as...

Found Thai soccer team may risk diving to safety with heavy rains forecast

Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing.
Thai rescue teams walk inside a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing.

MAE SAI, Thailand -- A top Thai official said Tuesday that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after an exhaustive search, and could force authorities to speed up their extraction by having them dive their way out.

The 13 were located by rescue divers late Monday night in the cave in northern Chiang Rai province during a desperate search that lasted more than a week and drew international help. Officials said...